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Written Answers — Home Department: Human Trafficking (2 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will meet representatives of Migrant Helpline to discuss the Government's proposed new policy on combating human trafficking in order to develop a comprehensive approach.

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 13 (3 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: My point relates to the definition of “relevant authority”. My constituency has a unitary council, and subsection (4) mentions a “county borough council”. Is that a unitary council for the purposes of the definition? Why were such councils not referred to in clause 7, where the definition of “local authority” excludes county borough councils and makes no reference to unitary councils?

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 21 (3 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: The mischief that the clause seeks to address is the fact that there has not been restraint on the upper levels of pay in local authorities. Although many of us would agree with the hon. Gentleman that it is right that any worker is paid a fair wage, the clause does not seek to address that point. Does the hon. Gentleman not recall, as I do from my local authority experience, that in recent...

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 21 (3 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: The mischief that we are seeking to address relates to transparency. It already exists, and is recorded, in respect of most of the pay levels in an authority, including the poorer-paid levels, because of the process that has already been gone through.

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 23 (3 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: The clause actually says, “have regard to”. I do not think that means “must” follow, but simply “have regard to”.

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 27 (3 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: Every member of the Committee would accept that increasing participation in democracy is right. Those were general, well-intended words, but we need specific actions that people can take part in, engage in and connect with. That is why this Bill is different from the 2009 Act.

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 28 (3 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: Does anything in the clause prohibit an individual handing in a petition in future?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Manufacturing Growth (8 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: What assessment he has made of the prospects for growth of the manufacturing sector.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Manufacturing Growth (8 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: The closure has been announced of the bathroom manufacturer Ideal Standard, which is based in Middlewich in my constituency. Middlewich is a feisty town, as are its people, who want to rise to the challenge that this news presents. What support and resources can the Government provide to enable the people of Middlewich to help themselves to create jobs, develop new industries and go for growth?

Written Answers — Education: Teachers: Intimidation (9 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to protect teachers from false allegations made by pupils.

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 66 (10 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: Many organisations have a national umbrella registered charity for ease of administration, and I would not want them to fall foul of the hon. Lady’s proposal.

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 66 (10 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: I would like to talk about capacity building in relation to youth services. The contrary was true in the local authority with which I was involved, because youth provision provided by the voluntary sector was far more effective and had far greater capacity than that provided by the local authority itself. The local authority acknowledged in its own report that it was not succeeding in...

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 66 (10 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: I endeavoured to give my local authority a nudge for an excellent charity that I felt could improve youth provision in our town. I brought forward representatives of the charity to demonstrate what they were doing in other areas. The value-for-money element was indisputable: for some £30,000, which was more or less the equivalent of one youth worker’s salary plus add-on costs, that...

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 68 (10 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: Is the opposite not also true—that an unduly extended period could effectively stymie the local market and make things extremely difficult for the owner of the land, and for potential bidders who might consider that a detriment when looking to invest?

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 71 (10 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: Will the Minister clarify why a right of appeal is not included, whether on initial listing or during the course of that five years?

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 72 (10 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: Much of what I was going to say has already been said. I would like, however, to put on record that I support a great deal of what my hon. Friend the Member for Bradford East has said, and I ask the Minister to look again at the provision. I should declare an interest as someone who has run a small business and provided community facilities within property that I owned for almost over 20...

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 89 (15 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: Does the hon. Gentleman not acknowledge that with the regional spatial strategies will also go a huge layer of bureaucracy,  which took up a huge amount of time for local government officials and members? They could have better spent that time in their local communities.

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 89 (15 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: How many layers of government do we need? We already have the influence of the European Union on those issues, and we have a national Government. Is it not sufficient that local communities decide their destiny on those issues without the intervention of yet another layer of government at regional level?

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 89 (15 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: From my experience in the north-west of England I take issue with what the hon. Gentleman has said. In my experience as a councillor in Warrington the regional spatial strategies throttled some of Warrington’s development plans. That sub-region—a term I use with some hesitation as it is not one I like—comprising the new Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester unitary authorities, and...

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 89 (15 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: One of the problems was that the planning was not sub-regional; it was regional—it was too big.


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